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Healthy Child Coalition Spring Grants available for Parent/Child programming

Feb 7th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

The Healthy Child Coalition -South East is accepting grant applications for spring /summer 2018 programming.  Deadline for application is March 07, 2018.  The 2018 Spring intake is intended for programs running during the time period of April – August, 2018.  There will be another grant intake for fall /winter programming in late spring.

Eligible programs must be parent/child programming or a parenting program for families of children 0-6 in South East Manitoba.  The grant application and criteria information are below. Please read the criteria sheet carefully to see if your organization is eligible for funding.


HCC-SE grant information and Criteria Spring 2018 (2)

Applications of Attachment; Taking Theory into Practice 2 day training Feb. 12 and 13

Jan 17th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

The Healthy Child Coalition -South East is pleased to provide a two day training workshop for service providers that work with families with children 0-6 in South East Manitoba.  It is entitled: Applications of Attachment; Taking Theory into Practice.

“Over 2 days, we will look at the powerful theory of attachment, the foundation of all human relationships, and use it to guide us in our work.  We will rely on concepts from “Circle of Security” and “Connect” to help us with a view to creating securely attached children within families, but also to nurture and grow a secure work team”.

This 2 day training is free to those that work in the South East with families, but you must register to attend.  It will be held on February 12 and 13 at the Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach.  Please fill out the registration form and return to Andrea. Contact information is on the registration form.  See below for link:

Attachment workshop Feb 2018 registration form

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea at aklassen@southernhealth.ca

2014/2015 EDI information is now available!

Dec 5th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

The 2014/2015 EDI information is now available to the public.

The EDI is a questionnaire that measures Kindergarten children’s readiness for school across several areas of child development.  It measures how a community of children is doing, not how individual children are doing.  The data is used to help communities identify their strengths and needs in order to support the children in their communities reach their potential.

The EDI tells us how children are doing in terms of: Physical and well being; social competence; emotional maturity; language and thinking skills; communication skills and general knowledge.

(Source: Healthy Child Manitoba website)

To learn more about the EDI go to: http://www.gov.mb.ca/healthychild/edi/index.html

To read the SouthEastman report click here

Upcoming Bookmates training

May 29th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

Healthy Child Coalition is pleased to partner with Bookmates once again in bringing a new workshop to the region.  It will be a one day workshop on Tuesday, June 20th, from 9:30am- 3:30pm in Steinbach.  There are 2 components to the day. They are: “Skinned Knees: The benefits of Risky Play” and “Childhood: There’s no app for that!”

This workshop is intended for those that work with young children in the South East.

It is free, but you must register to attend.  Contact Andrea at aklassen@southernhealth.ca or 204-346-6698.

See the poster for more details. You need to click on it to enlarge it.


Service of Remembrance and interment

May 29th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

If you have experienced a loss in pregnancy, you are invited to attend a service of remembrance.  It will be held  1:00pm Wednesday, June 28th at the Heritage Cemetery in Steinbach.

See poster below  for more details. When it opens, click on the poster to make it larger.

2017 Poster

Stars of the Future Spring 2017

Mar 17th, 2017 Posted in Stars of the Future, Uncategorized

Stars of the Future is a FREE preschool screening program for children ages 3-31/2, living in South East Manitoba. It is a onetime appointment to find out how your child is doing in the areas of speech and language, hearing, growth and development.  Children that were born between July 1,  2013 and December 31, 2013 are invited to attend.

The appointment is about one hour long. When you arrive, someone will check you in. Your child will be given a sticker sheet to take to each room where they will receive a sticker when they have completed the activities.    You may have a short wait until the appointments from the previous hour are completed.  There will be books for you and your child to read together while you wait.  You and your child will then go to four different stations and see the following:  a public health nurse; a speech language pathologist; an occupational therapist; and a physiotherapist. At the end, your child will receive a small snack of Teddy grahams and apple juice.   Questions and concerns about your child’s development may be addressed during the appointment.  This appointment may lead to a referral for further assessment.

The Stars of the Future Spring 2017 locations and dates are:
Steinbach:  April 12 and 13; May 10 and 11
Sprague: April 6
Ste. Anne:  April 21
Vita: April 24
Lorette:  May 2
Grunthal: May 8
Niverville:  April 27

To book this FREE appointment for your child in the community of your choice, please call  204-346-6136Registration begins Tuesday, March 21 at 9AM. Appointments book up quickly, so we encourage you to book your appointment early!    If you want to book an appointment with a German translator, please call Gertrud at 204-346-6128.

Francophone clinics are held in the Spring. Contact your local cpef  for more information.

When you book your appointment, you will be given the date, time and location in the community of your choice.  If you are not familiar with the location, click on the events tab at the top of the website, then look for the clinic by date.  You may have to expand it to see the clinic.  Click on the Stars event and it will open up to a google map.

Commonly Asked Questions about Stars of the Future:
Q. We did not receive a letter for my child, but they fall in that age category.  Can my child still attend?
A. Yes, your child can still attend.  Book an appointment at the 204-346-6136.  If you did not receive the invitation, you may have either recently moved or have moved since your child was born and have not updated Manitoba health with your new address.

Q. We are a foster family and have a foster child in that age group.  Can they attend?
A.  Yes, they can attend.  You will need to give  their Manitoba Health card # (both the 6 and 9 digit #s)  when you make the appointment.  If a referral is made, you can either sign the form if you have permission to do so, or you can take a copy for the social worker to sign.

Q.  My child’s birthdate does not fall in that timeline.  Can they still attend?
A.  If your child’s birthdate is between January 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013  they can still attend.  The assessment is for children ages 3- 31/2 so it may not be an accurate picture of where they are developmentally.
If your child’s birthdate is between January 1, 2014 and June 30,2014 and your Manitoba Health Card is up to date with your current address, you will receive a letter in August to attend the Fall Stars.

Q. We do not live in South East Manitoba. Can my child attend?
A. Unfortunately, no.  We need to keep within the boundaries.  If a referral is needed, we cannot make it for you and you would have to go through the assessment again with your child.  Contact your doctor or Public Health Nurse if you have concerns.

Q.  My child is too young to attend, but I have concerns about their development.  What do I do?
A. You can do a referral yourself to Children’s therapy if you have concerns.  Go to http://www.sscy.ca/childrens-therapy-initiative and scroll down to South Eastman for contact information and a referral form  or call 204-326-6411 ext. 2109.  You can also speak with your family doctor or pediatrician.

Q. We are more comfortable doing the assessment in a different language.   Do you offer Stars in other languages or have translators?
A. Stars of the Future is offered in English.  There is a similar French program offered through  the Centre de la petite enfance et de la famille.
École Noël-Ritchot (St-Norbert)                 March 1st            204-805-1195
École Notre-Dame                                     March 8th            204-248-2147 – #2
École Gilbert-Rosset (St-Claude)              March 15th          204-248-2147 – #2
École Lagimodière (Lorette0                      April 5th                204-878-4595
École Gabrielle-Roy (IDC)                          April 12th            204-878-4886
École St-Joachim (LaBroquerie)                 April 26th             204-392-9189
École Pointe-des-chênes (Ste-Anne)         Mai 10th             204-392-9189

We do have someone that will do German translation if needed.  To make an appointment in German, please call Gertrud at 204-346-6128.  If you or your child are more comfortable with a translator in your first language and know someone that can come with you to translate, please bring them along to your appointment.

Q.  I have other children.  Can I bring them along?
A.  You will be attending the appointment with your child and speaking with the clinicians, so you may find it easier to make arrangements for care for other children. However, if you can’t, you are welcome to bring them along and have them attend the appointment with you.  We do not have toys available, so you will want to bring your own things to keep them busy and happy in the room with you.

Q.  I have twins.  Do I need to make two appointments?
A.  If you have twins or even triplets, we suggest two options.  You can book two appointments within the same hour and bring two adults or book two appointments either back to back(one child would then just follow along while the sibling has their appointment) or at different times.  We have had some parents bring one child in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Q Why do you not offer appointments in the evenings, weekends or in other towns?
A.  We do try to accommodate as many towns as we can.  We are limited to the amount of days we can offer clinics.  We can’t take away from the clinician’s schedules anymore than we do, as they are very busy with seeing children for appointments.  We also cannot do evenings and weekends as it would take away from our own families and we are therefore limited to weekdays.

Q. I have an appointment, but I can’t make it last minute.  Who do I contact?
If you can’t make your scheduled appointment, please call the Stars phone 204-346-6136 and leave a message.  We will  try to check the messages throughout the day.

Q.  I can’t remember where the clinic is held!  How do I find you?
Go to the home page of this website and click on the events tab.  Go to the correct date and look for the clinic info. You may have to expand the contents to see the event.  It will always begin with the community. EX. Steinbach Stars of the Future.  Click on it for more details and you will see a small google map with the location and the address.
I have tried to cover many of the questions that I have been asked before.  If your question has not been answered, please contact me (Andrea) at
204-346-6698 or aklassen@southernhealth.ca. Please note that during Stars clinics, I will be out of the office attending the clinics.

Handle with Care Facilitator Training March 20 and 21, 2017

Feb 2nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

The Handle with Care Facilitator training prepares facilitators to deliver the Handle with Care program and activities in a variety of formats.

The Handle with Care program aims to increase the mental health of young children, birth to six years, by introducing their parents and caregivers to a variety of engaging activities and strategies that promote children’s positive social and emotional development, secure attachment and healthy self- esteem.

The two day training will be held March 20 and 21 at the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach.  It is open to those that work with families and young children in the South East.  It is free, but you must register to attend.

Registration form: Handle With Care registration.doc 2017

For more information: Handle with Care Brochure REVISED 2014

If you would like more details please call Andrea at 204-346-6698 or email aklassen@southernhealth.ca

Bookmates “Growing Up Green” Facilitator Training March 13, 2017

Feb 2nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized



The  Bookmates “Growing Up Green” Facilitator training is a one day workshop open to those that work with families with children 0-6 in South East Manitoba.   In this training, you will learn how to take your programming outside for a whole new level of learning and fun!  At the end of the day you will have new rhymes, songs, ideas and activities to take back to add to  your own programs.

For more details: One Day GUG poster Steinbach Mar_2017 (3)


The workshop is free, but you must register to attend.

Registration form: Registration Form Growing up Green March 2017

For more information, contact Andrea at 204-346-6698 or email aklassen@southernhealth.ca




**Bookmates Inc. is a non-profit organization established in 1984 that provides family literacy programs and training in Manitoba and beyond.**

Classroom Party Snack ideas!

Dec 7th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized

If you need to bring a healthy holiday snack to your child’s classroom party or to another child friendly event, check out these ideas from the government of Manitoba’s Healthy schools.



National Child Day ECE Event

Oct 27th, 2016 Posted in National Child Day, Uncategorized

The National Child Day committee of the Healthy Child Coalition – South East presents guest speaker SYLVIA!

Sylvia! is an ACTIVATIONAL speaker who gives her audience the tools to build healthy lives and workplaces.

She’s fun, she’s sassy and she’s passionate about safety and health! Sylvia!’s entertaining presentations focus on a proactive approach to building healthy lives and workplaces. As an Occupational Therapist with years of practice in the field of workplace safety and health, Sylvia! knows prevention is the key to creating happy, healthy individuals, employees and businesses (taken directly from her website)

To find out more about Sylvia, go to her website:   http://stressedtokill.me/

This year’s National Child Day theme is Mental Health and play.  As a committee, we have asked Sylvia to address the following:

  • Strategies for working with children who are stressed or in high stress environments
  • How to recognize stress in children
  • What are the signs and symptoms of stress?
  •  How can we  role model how to handle stress
  • Activities for relaxation


This event is FREE and of special interest to Early Childhood Educators, home based childcare providers, preschool teachers, Kindergarten teachers, parent child program staff, home support workers, Families First Home Visitors and others that work with children 0-6 and their families in South East Manitoba. Registration Required.

For registration form, click on the following: ece-event-registration-form-2016

If you are registering for a group, you may register up to 5 people per registration form.

Contact Andrea at aklassen@southernhealth.ca or 204-346-6698 for more information.


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